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  • Item #: 003546
    ISBN: 9780980170801
    Retail: $34.99
    Rainbow Price: $23.50

    Everyone in your family will be able to benefit from these drawing lessons which approach the skill of drawing in bite-size, incremental steps. The CD-ROM contains 30 lessons, each resulting in the same basic project, but with slightly different directions for students in grades in the grammar stage (grades 1-4), the logic stage (grades 5-8), and the rhetoric stage (grades 9-12). In the grammar stage, the author expects that students will learn basic color theory, basic shapes and lines, basic shading and shadowing techniques, and the ability to imitate styles of classic artists. Objectives for the logic stage are similar as for the grammar stage, but with the expectation that the older student will develop more sophisticated skills and understanding in color theory, shading and shadowing. By the rhetoric stage, students should be learning composition, advanced color theory, advanced shading and shadowing techniques as well as developing their own individual style in their art. Although the lessons can be used for class, co-op, or home use, no artistic experience on the teacher's part is required. The author suggests that as the teacher, you will probably want to do the lesson yourself before class, and perhaps do it along with them during class. The lessons are designed to take about an hour to complete, and the author suggests a pace of one lesson per week. Lessons begin with drawing basic shapes and progress to include contour drawings; shading and shadowing; creating highlights; the color wheel; using monochromatic, complementary, and analogous colors in a drawing; shading with color, perspective, drawing in different styles, drawing portraits, creating a pleasing composition and more.

    The lessons are very easy to use. They are accessible from the "lessons" tab at the top of the main screen, or you can jump into Lesson 1 after reading the basic information about the program. Each lesson consists of a teaching portion and a printable student handout for each. The lessons progress down the screen and include an objective for the lesson, the materials needed, and step-by-step instruction through the lesson. Each step is accompanied by an example of what the drawing should approximately resemble at that point, although depending on the skill level of the student, this will vary. The student handouts are typically a visual reference for the student for each lesson. Because the lessons are displayed on a computer, it would be hard for all students to see the subject they are drawing at the same time. Most of the student handouts will need to be printed in color, so you will probably need to have a color printer available to you. As far as supplies go, you will need to gather a few, but they are relatively inexpensive. Each student will need a set of 24 oil pastels, a set of 24 colored pencils, compressed charcoal, willow charcoal, a charcoal pencil, a white drawing pastel, a kneaded eraser, a blending stump, low-tack masking tape, tinted charcoal paper (9" x 12), white drawing paper (9" x 12"), newsprint paper (9" x 12"), and colored construction paper (9" x 12").

    All in all, it's a great basic course that you can use with all of your children at the same time, without the older ones getting bored or the younger ones being frustrated. Everyone can take learn or refine their own skill while working through the lessons. Because the "models" are usually photos included in the lesson material, the students could apply the same techniques to photos of their own selection to expand the lessons or practice further. I think that the CD-ROM format is an interesting choice, but I can see how it is a practical way for everyone to be able to see the lesson without sharing a book, and the student handouts can all be printed which avoids the issue of having student packets or even having to reproduce pages for each student. A lot of concepts are covered here, taught mostly from example and the student's drawing experience. Because the lessons are so straightforward and foundational, I could see a definite advantage in revisiting at least some of them each year, as students grow older and more skillful. The folks at Practical Homeschooling are fans too - The Phonics of Drawing received the first-place award in their Interactive Learning Awards for art. System requirements (PC only) are: Windows 98 or higher, CD-ROM drive. – Jess

  • Item #: 052541
    ISBN: 9781609964726
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $17.50

    This multisensory resource book provides basic reading skills instruction using traditional children's melodies orchestrated into a variety of phonics songs (which include guitar or piano chords for the musically inclined). For example, the long vowel song is written to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell". Each unit has a unique song and focuses on a different phonetic skill. Instructions for each unit are included. There are also games and activity suggestions for each unit, although some preparation time for the teacher is needed. Making your own flash cards and cutting various items from construction paper are a couple of examples. Some of the games are geared toward a classroom, but can very easily be adapted to a homeschool setting with one or more children. Challenge exercises are placed throughout the workbook to provide extended practice. This would be a great supplement to a phonics program without worksheets, like Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. Thirty-three reproducible units are included with answers in the back. ~ Gina

  • Item #: 039229
    Retail: $54.99
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    From one homeschool mom to another. Everything in this program is designed to communicate "I'm a homeschool mom that taught my kids to read. It's easy. It's fun! You can do it, too. Have a great time." And I'm sure if you follow Diane Hopkins' step by step approach wrapped with loving teacher-student interaction, that's exactly the result you'll get. After going through the just-the-right-size (25 pages) Teacher's Guidebook and looking through the brightly colored cardstock that makes up the program, I'm happy with the appearance of the product and really, really impressed with the content.

    Starting at the very beginning, Mrs. Hopkins has boiled the entire process down into eight steps. And even if step seven (teach phonics units containing two or more letters) has seventeen parts, she's still managed to make a homeschool mom's most fearful task into something that seems remarkably ordinary and doable.

    The package contains the Happy Phonics Guidebook, "My Big Book" (an almost-to-the-end-of-the-program-reader) and lots of printed, brightly colored paper and cardstock – flashcards, game components, first little readers and spelling lists. The Guidebook contains the Eight Steps along with specific how-to instructions for each step. The essence of the program is to introduce the phonics concepts a few at a time and then play games for retention. The author suggests that lesson time be about 10 minutes a day, but you may want to factor in more time to play the games over and over just because the student wants to.

    The Guidebook is extremely user-friendly and written in first-person, mom-to-mom form. The step-by-step instructions are straight-forward and easy to follow. All references to the games and other supplementary material are coded with little symbols found on the colored sheets. Practically foolproof! But just to be sure, there's a chart that lists which games/components are used with each teaching step. There's also a chart clearly laying out those seventeen phonics units that make up step seven. And, of course, the teaching aids are clearly marked for each unit.

    The teaching progression is common sense. Alphabet song; capital letters match lowercase letters; the main sound for each letter; blend letter sounds to form a word; teach common non-phonetic (sight) words; teach vowels that can make a second sound; teach through the phonic units; READ. Although she doesn't consider them absolutely necessary, the author does mention supplementary material that she likes and that her children have enjoyed – Lauri perception puzzles, Leap Frog Phonics Library, and the Explode the Code books. In fact, she changed her original letter presentation order (used with her older children) to conform to the Explode the Code books for her younger children and in this program. She also suggests various supplementary readers.

    The games and other reinforcement activities are obviously a central component of this program. Some preparation is involved, usually just cutting cards apart. I would be inclined to laminate (or cover with clear contact paper) some of the frequently-used cards and game layouts if I thought it likely I'd be using the program with a number of children. The games include some adapted favorites like Phonics Bingo and a number of creative originals like the Y Not? Game. The line art of the game components is not high tech graphics but still communicates the concept and looks inviting. Components of the games are color coded, with the little symbols marked on each game piece, so that you can easily unscramble things if they don't always get put away neatly.

    This program fits into the "complete program" category of phonics instruction, as it includes systematic phonics, reinforcement, and reading practice. The program gets your student reading on his own in an enjoyable way. Please note that it does not cover advanced syllabication, prefixes, and suffixes that tend to be found in second/third grade levels of some phonics programs. But it is an enjoyable program that will build the confidence of a newbie and provide ease of instruction for busy homeschooling mothers. All for a very reasonable price! - Janice

  • Item #: 005332
    ISBN: 9781580370691
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.95

    With phonics just recently making a comeback in the schools, older students may find they have a "gap" in their linguistic knowledge. This worktext attempts to bridge that gap - and in a very interesting way. If your older children missed out on early phonics instruction, this method may help them. This book approaches phonics from the dictionary, since most children of this age, regardless of background, have at least a nodding acquaintance with the dictionary. They begin with alphabetizing and looking more deeply into the dictionary; particularly the pronunciation key, symbols, and phonetic spelling. Building from this base, students begin to recognize consonant sounds and how these sounds make the difference in words that rhyme. Then, short and long vowels are explored, using macrons and breves, along with the discovery of the effect of a silent "e" on a vowel. After this, other vowel combinations are explored in full. For example, all of the sounds that "ea" can stand for are learned together. This is rather like the approach advocated in Reading Reflex. Students learn right from the start that letter combinations can stand for different sounds. From here, the book progresses through consonant blends, consonant digraphs, hard and soft consonant sounds, silent letters, syllabication, suffixes/roots/prefixes, compound words, accented syllables, and the schwa sound. All of this is accomplished through both reading and writing exercises in the worktext (which can be used with minimal involvement on your part). Teacher instructions are included in the front of this worktext with answers in the back.. I think this is not only an interesting approach for "remedial" phonics, but one that makes sense because it builds these new skills from a base of knowledge that children already have.

  • Item #: 019867
    Retail: $9.99
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    Love the title! This remedial phonics teacher guide with correlated student activity sheets can help both teacher and students understand and apply the phonetic code. Part I is the Teacher Guide which is divided into three chapters covering vowels, consonants, and syllables. Each concept is explained, modeled and basic rules are listed, along with any exceptions. Although not comprehensive, the treatment covers all basic digraphs and diphthongs and the seven basic rules for syllabication. Student activity sheets in Part II restate featured rules at the top and allow for application of the skill with a variety of exercises that give enough (but not too much) practice. While phonics is gaining in popularity as a method for teaching reading, many older students received little or no such instruction. Unless they've cracked the "code" independently, running them through a course like this would take very little time or effort for the benefit of exponentially increasing their word-attack skills.

  • Item #: 006150
    ISBN: 9781601445780
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $39.99

      This colorful, straightforward instructional workbook from The Critical Thinking Company eliminates much of the “stuff” and the “fluff” found in many other phonics and early reading programs and focuses on individual letter sounds and how they are represented as letters. You won’t find pages of teacher tips and background here, just one introductory page and one teaching suggestion page, and then you’re off and running to the activities. Similar in format to Mathematical Reasoning, Fun-Time Phonics is softcover, with several exercises per activity page, brief instructions to the teacher, and full-color illustrated graphics.

      There are 100 activities, or short lessons, in the book. The first seven lay the foundation by asking the student to identify beginning sounds, ending sounds, and rhyming words. Activities 6 and 7 challenge them to identify the three letter sounds in a word and to match that with the correct picture. Starting in Activity 8, students learn the short vowel sounds and identify pictures of words that contain that sound. Before moving on to the consonant sounds, students complete activities such as identifying a word out of a set of three that includes a different vowel sound than the other two, or swapping out one vowel sound for another in a word to create a new word. After students learn the five short vowel sounds, they learn the written vowel letters. One feature in the vowel portion of the book that threw me for a loop, however, was the depiction of a short ‘/ǎ/’ sound as ‘/ah/’ next to words like, “cat.” Most phonics programs are quite clear to teachers to take care when pronouncing the vowel and consonant sounds to not include other sounds (say ‘/b/,’ not ‘/buh/’). At first glance, you will want to read the ‘/ah/’ as the /a/ in “father.” Personally, I would probably just ignore these additional ‘h’s or cross them out and add a short vowel symbol as a reminder. Fortunately, as these only occur on the teacher instructions, it shouldn’t confuse your students as long as your pronunciation is clear. Lesson 20 moves on to consonant sounds, starting with ‘b’ and moving alphabetically through ‘z.’ As children learn each consonant, the consonant sound is blended with each of the short vowels, so they are learning to distinguish ‘da,’ ‘de,’ ‘di,’ ‘do,’ and ‘du’ with the letter D right off the bat. This may be a real benefit to students who are confused about how to blend the individual letter sounds together after learning them in isolation. The last five lessons ask the student to connect a picture with the beginning letters, ending letters and middle vowel wounds, stressing the letter representation of the sound. The last two activities ask children to read three-letter CVC words and identify a matching picture. At the end of the book you’ll find a double-sided sheet with short-vowel words that children should be able to decode at this point, such as ‘doll, ‘hen’ and ‘yum.’

      This approach would work well with logical children who do not need additional reinforcement activities or motivators in the form of games or songs. It may also work well for remedial students, or those who did not learn phonics initially. It’s simple to teach, but with an emphasis on identifying letter sounds, you will want to work apart from other distractions and enunciate the words very clearly as you work through the pages with your student.  Although students are led to associate the written letters with the sounds, there are no writing activities featured in the book. However, it is suggested in the beginning that if the student is older or able to write, you may consider having them write the answers under the exercises. For additional enforcement (and writing activities) you might consider a workbook like Explode the Code Book 1. You may also want to note that no sight words are covered in this volume. If you want to jump ahead to some very basic short-vowel readers, you will need to introduce any sight words in that reader. I’m assuming that a second book will be released as a follow-up which will introduce long vowel sounds. The book is reproducible for your student/classroom use, which makes an affordable resource even more budget-friendly if you use it with multiple children. 314 pages, pb. - Jess

  • Item #: 034823
    ISBN: 9781604991468
    Retail: $79.98
    Rainbow Price: $49.95

    Includes two DVDs, two workbooks, eight storybooks, eward stickers and a Quick Start Guide.

  • Item #: 027447
    ISBN: 9780061432040
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.50

    This set of twelve "I Can Read!" books features Biscuit, the adorable, lovable pup. Each of the 12-page readers has colorful illustrations and simple sentences that students will soon be able to read themselves. Each reader focuses on practicing a specific short vowel sound, with two books for each vowel as well as an introduction reader and a review reader. With all 12 readers stored in a box with a convenient handle, this series will provide good reinforcement for those using any phonics program. Readers measure 5" x 5".

  • Item #: 025491
    ISBN: 9781932210248
    Retail: $9.95
    Rainbow Price: $7.50
    Begins with pictorial sound and letters chart showing 63 phonemes, then has review of letter sounds, review of short and long vowel "chunks," hard and soft 'c,' hard and soft 'g,' initial consonant digraphs 'ch,' 'sh,' 'th,' 'wh,' final consonant digraphs 'ch,' 'ck,' 'gh,' 'ng,' 'nk,' 'sh,' 'th,' 'tch,' initial and final consonant blends, silent consonants, r-controlled vowels, vowel digraphs 'au,' 'aw,' 'oo' (long and short), 'ew,' 'au,' 'aw,' 'ew,' 'ou,' 'ow,' 'oi,' 'oy,' adding '-ed' and '-ing' (including doubling consonant or removing ending 'e'), adding '-er' and '-est,' plurals, possessives, contractions, compounds, early syllabication, homophones, antonyms, synonyms, alphabetizing.
  • Item #: 032705
    ISBN: 9781592690091
    Retail: $32.95
    Rainbow Price: $21.50

    McRuffy phonics condensed into 98 lessons at a fraction of the cost. This book really packs a punch! It pretty much contains the entire phonics portion of the above McRuffy program K-3 "narrowed a bit" while maintaining the same great already-prepared lesson plans with scripting, word lists, sentence dictation, etc. Brian Davis has done a great job of distilling his program into a handy, easy-to-teach-from phonics manual. Lessons 1-32 correspond to K level, 33-80 are 1st grade and lessons 81-98 are at 2nd grade level. See the larger description to get an idea of the scope and specific skills covered. I'm impressed! What sets this apart from other single-volume phonics programs? First, the extensive teaching instruction contained within each lesson. Second, the inclusion of interactive activities, practice and reinforcement for the presented skills. Every lesson also includes sentence dictation so students can practice encoding as well as decoding the target phonogram. An incredible value for such a solid basic phonics program.

  • Item #: 031838
    Retail: $30.99
    Rainbow Price: $24.25

    Lauri® products have been teaching your children for many years, and now they have applied their early learning experience to helping your children with their phonics.

    This 2-drawer heavy-duty storage chest holds 52 Lauri® crepe letters in primary colors (1 each of upper and lower case), 26 double-sided letter cards (3 3/4"x 8"), 2 letter order charts, and an activity guide. Use the cards to learn initial letter sounds, identify letters, or find the missing letters in a sequence. For example a card with a picture of an apple and an acorn says, "Aa is for acorn and apple," and there are two blank lines on which the child is to place the correct upper and lower case letters, or you can let the child place matching letters on a letter order chart. I know this sounds like child's play, but this is the learning that will stay with them. Let Lauri® be your classroom helper! ~ Donna

  • Item #: 011116
    ISBN: 9780971787407
    Retail: $16.95
    Rainbow Price: $14.95

    Drawing live animals can often prove difficult for children (or anybody for that matter!). This art book is completely focused on helping children draw horses. It offers lots of practice, helpful tips, and critiques of other drawings, showing how to draw every piece to scale and shape. Activities range from some writing projects, mazes, complete-the-horse pictures, freehand drawing, to lessons and short exams. Interesting horse information is also included. Plus, the book comes from a Christian publisher and has Bible verses interspersed throughout.

    This book is a revised edition that is higher quality than the original. The same basic lessons and format are presented, but now there are 118 pages of lessons (instead of 102) and many additional pages of blank paper for students to practice drawing. These blank pages are prefaced with tips for keeping a sketchbook. This edition also comes with a set of five "marker cards" for additional assignments. With a new cover and a perfect instead of spiral binding, this edition will have students drawing horses in no time.

  • Item #: 030457
    Retail: $39.95
    Rainbow Price: $35.95

    A tactile BINGO game to practice identifying beginning, medial or final sounds in one-syllable (CVC) words. Components are 36 real-life objects representing the BINGO words, 4 laminated BINGO cards, a laminated phonics answer card, and 45 1" x 1.25" plastic letter tiles (consonants in black, vowels in red). Players start with a bingo card and fill each of the blank spaces with an object such as a log, nut, hat or bib. Players select a tile and say the name and the sound of the letter. Each player finds an object that either begins or ends with a consonant or contains the vowel sound. Objects are pictured and spelled on the answer card, helping players correct their answers. A player getting three blank spaces in a row wins, and players can exchange their objects to play another game. Four game variations; objects may vary. For 2-4 players. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 055631
    ISBN: 9780545776844
    Retail: $8.99
    Rainbow Price: $6.95
  • Item #: 063860
    ISBN: 9781615385973
    Retail: $24.95
    Rainbow Price: $21.95

      The most complete set of phonics flashcards I’ve ever encountered. The numbered cards have a letter or letter group plus an illustrative picture on the front side. The back side has a word that corresponds to the picture plus other words that have the same sound. Letters or letter groups are shown on one side or the other with diacritical marks to show the sound. There are 26 alphabet cards; 20 cards with letters with more than one sound (long/short vowels ad Y, C, G, S); 8 with consonant teams; 35 with consonant blends; 17 with vowel teams; 14 with second set of consonant teams; 15 with a second set of vowel teams; 15 with R-controlled vowels; 14 with advanced letter teams; and 110 cards with common and sight words for a total of 284 cards.  The white cards (4.25” x 5.5”) are portrait oriented and have a rounded upper right corner. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 037711
    ISBN: 9780316789707
    Retail: $7.99
    Rainbow Price: $6.25

    Draw faces of people, animals, and strange creatures portraying a variety of different emotions.

  • Item #: 029223
    ISBN: 9781844141524
    Retail: $66.50
    Rainbow Price: $51.95
  • Item #: 003584
    ISBN: 9781887823388
    Retail: $22.95
    Rainbow Price: $16.75

    "For People Who Can't Even Draw a Straight Line," "No Talent Required" - hey, this woman knows me! From Sandra Angelo (Discover Art), comes this easy self study guide and workbook that, using a simple, four-step drawing system, transforms your skills from barely beginner to accomplished artist in a few easy lessons. I like the directions to "begin at the beginning and work your way through the book sequentially," nice and simple. It's full of irreverent pearls of wisdom, like "The race goes not to the hare but the tortoise" and "those who don't give up succeed," and (my personal favorite), "Talent is REALLY not necessary." Sandra gives us a short introduction that would give hope to even the most drawing-challenged person. If you draw for 45 minutes to one hour per day, you can finish this book in 60-90 days (if you're in a hurry to improve). Otherwise, plan on spending longer relative to the amount of time per day you can allocate to drawing. Next, a materials section acquaints us with the "tools of the trade" - some basic equipment we need to gather before jumping in. Then on to the instruction. Some of this book is reminiscent of the Draw Today program, especially the use of grids for beginning artists. As promised, the instruction is super-easy to follow and all the work can be done right in the book. Instruction progresses logically from seeing and drawing shapes, to lines, to shading, creating texture, gradation, hatching, and plenty of good practice in a lengthy additional exercise section. The methods and exercises look great, and, if I didn't have a lot to do..... But, someday, I'll actually have some time each day to use this! In the meantime, I'm hoping many aspiring artists out there will benefit from Sandra's instruction. 150 pgs. in all, with 130 black-and white photos and 25 line drawings - including plenty of "before" and "after" testimonials to show this method really works.

  • Item #: 012628
    Retail: $69.95
    Rainbow Price: $64.95

    An intensive, multisensory phonics program, using a phonogram approach similar to The Writing Road to Reading. The main flaw we find in WRR is the difficulty homeschoolers find in implementing it without additional instructional materials that can be difficult to obtain. This book, authored by Bonnie Dettmer, is very simple to use, with clear directions for the teacher. Beginning with the 26 alphabet phonograms, all 72 basic phonograms (symbols for sounds) are taught. It incorporates handwriting and spelling also, reinforcing the phonograms as they are taught. Handwriting begins with the teaching of the letter sounds. Spelling instruction begins after the first 52 phonograms are introduced. Gradually, other language skills are added, such as writing complete sentences, adding affixes to words, and contractions. Reading is introduced only after students are able to construct original sentences. The program, encased in a sturdy three-ring binder, includes a set of basic phonogram cards, a CD containing the phonogram sounds, and the Spelling Scale For Home Educators. Each of these can also be purchased separately.

  • Item #: 040180
    ISBN: 9780545651127
    Retail: $23.99
    Rainbow Price: $16.95

    A little something(s) to read together while your child is learning to read independently. These would be perfect to introduce the various sounds (starting with short vowel sounds) to not only reinforce the sound in context, but to practice blending. You might read the text the first time through, then read with your child, letting him read all of the bolded words he can decode plus any remembered sight words. Books are short (8 pages each), small format (about 5.5 square) and illustrated with photographic images. Each book practices a specific sound: six short vowels (a, e, i, o, u, review), six long vowels (a, e, i, o, u, review), three vowel digraphs (ai, ee, oo), six blends (cr, gr, pr, sl, sn, sp), and three digraphs (ch, sh, wh). Vocabulary is (thankfully) controlled (unlike many readers), so your child can actually read these himself with little help. A bonus Activity Book contains a page per reader featuring the animal from each (bat for short a, etc.) with simple exercises and a space to draw the animal. Also included in the box are a short parent guide and a set of 16 stickers. A good value for sound learning.

  • Item #: 065594
    Retail: $15.49
    Rainbow Price: $12.25

       Want to learn to draw? Then start now with this kit by General’s Pencil Co.—complete with a 30-page lesson book and all the tools needed to unleash your inner master artist! The lesson book has step-by-step drawing projects that cover elements of art (ex: line, texture, value) and design concepts (ex: rule of thirds, perspective), as well as basic drawing techniques and how to use the included tools. The kit includes a pad of 60 lb drawing paper, 2 graphite drawing pencils (hard 2H, soft 2B), 2 charcoal pencils (soft 4B, extra soft 6B), 1 Carbon Sketch pencil (graphite/charcoal blend), 1 Layout pencil (extra black) for outlining and sketching, Factis white vinyl eraser, Little Red pencil sharpener, and tortillion for blending graphite. From birds & animals, leaves & trees, to cityscapes & cartoon characters—and with a little practice too—create master pieces while learning to enjoy the world of drawing. Made in the USA. ~ Emily

  • Item #: 049548
    ISBN: 9780545906821
    Retail: $3.49
    Rainbow Price: $3.25

     The Phonics set includes 54 phonics photo cards with word lists and four activity cards. Each photo card has a photo with the word below it and the phoneme being emphasized underlined on the front of the card, and the back shows the sound being emphasized with a list of words. For example, there is a photo of a bed and the word bed below the photo. The reverse says ‘short e’ and a list below – desk, help, leg, nest, ten. 

  • Item #: 008873
    ISBN: 9780941995320
    Retail: $22.95
    Rainbow Price: $16.95

    A complete, sensible, lesson-by-lesson phonics program by Sam Blumenfeld, an ardent advocate of literacy through phonics. Mr. Blumenfeld shows you simply and effectively how to teach a child to read, even supplying the lesson visuals in large type for beginners. Many, many thankful parents have testified to the success they've had in using this book with their children. There are no illustrations or distractions, just what is needed to learn and understand the phonetic system. A child begins to read words almost immediately, which seems infinitely more rewarding than a phonics program which insists on teaching all the sounds before the student actually puts them together to read a word. Note: This is the new edition and does not include the book on CDROM. Changes include a bound volume and an Addendum of Helps for the Parent which includes teaching tips. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 051845
    Retail: $13.49
    Rainbow Price: $9.50

    If you are a student starting out in drawing, design, and drafting, these 9 pieces cover all your bases in one convenient set. This set allows you to create depth and dimension in your drawings with tools that develop highlights, mid-tones, and shadows. The five graphite pencils have a nice range of lead hardness including: 4H (hardest), 2H, HB, 2B, and 4B (softest) which lend themselves to detailed designs, line work, and shading. The Ebony Graphite pencil is extra smooth and soft, which works great for shading and drawing in illustrations, portraits, and figure drawings, or for making quick sketches. The Black Prismacolor Art Stix offers a bold, wider placement of color, when wide coverage is needed. In order to make highlights in your designs and drawings, you must have a way of "lifting" color or graphite. This kit includes the Prismacolor Scholar eraser (triangular shaped that fits comfortably in your hand) and the kneaded eraser (flexible-- like putty--that you can knead into any shape) for removing unwanted dots, lines, and smears to large areas of graphite. With this set, your drawings will take on a life of their own!

  • Item #: 012434
    ISBN: 9780838885628
    Retail: $28.40
    Rainbow Price: $19.85
  • Item #: 029727
    ISBN: 9780941995337
    Retail: $19.95
    Rainbow Price: $14.95

    Coordinating with both AlphaPhonics and How to Tutor, this black and white soft cover book (53 pgs.) provides extra worksheet practice for either program. Lesson numbering between the two programs is different and the workbook provides an order of lessons sheet to help coordinate the worksheets with the books. Activities include fill-in-the-blank, matching, underlining, and circling. Answers are provided along with a special syllabication practice section. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 012432
    ISBN: 9780838883617
    Retail: $28.40
    Rainbow Price: $19.85
  • Item #: 016410
    ISBN: 9780967591902
    Retail: $8.95
    Rainbow Price: $6.95

    Trying to find a good drawing book for your kids? This is a fun, consumable workbook for all ages. While not having you draw anything very complex, it teaches you the basic principles of drawing. The book starts you out with drawing expressions on "happy face" circles, then leads you through overlapping, background, foreshortening, etc. By the end, you're drawing cartoon people. I like this book because it's simple and it shows that anyone can draw.

  • Item #: 032512
    ISBN: 9781601438775
    Retail: $199.99
    Rainbow Price: $127.00

    The emphasis in this program is on learning to read longer (multi-syllabic) words. Along the way, basic phonics concepts are reviewed and some more advanced ones are covered. This is not just a continuation of the Learn to Read program by the same company, however. It does not pick up where that program leaves off, teaching the remaining phonograms. Rather, it covers many of the same concepts, only applied to multsyllabic words, and teaches students to "chunk" words for reading.

    There are four color levels in the program, with ten lessons in each. The Blue Level covers compound words, two-syllable words divided between two consonants, words with three consonants in the middle, 24 essential sight words, two-syllable words with silent e, and two-syllable words with r-influenced vowels. The Green Level covers open syllables with long vowel sound, words that end in consonant plus le, 24 sight words, sounds of y at the end of a word, suffixes --tion and --sion, and reading three-syllable words. The Orange Level teaches tricky vowel words, vowel teams with a long a sound, vowel teams with a long e sound, vowel teams with a long o sound, reading three- and four-syllable words, and 24 more sight words. The final Red Level continues with other tricky vowel pairs, vowel pairs that make separate syllables, soft c and g, reading even longer (up to five-syllable) words, plus introduces 24 more sight words.

    Each level also contains three review lessons.

    Lessons are meant to take approximately 30 minutes each and consist of 1) playing a computer game; 2) reading a story silently; 3) reading the same story out loud to a parent/teacher; 4) putting a sticker on the progress poster. The computer game presents and practices each new skill. Computer sessions take up the bulk of the lesson. Several different activities are used to introduce and reinforce each concept. The games are geared to an older child -- not at all "cutesy" -- and are very well suited to the material.

    Once the computer activities are completed, your child is ready to implement his/her new skill by reading a short story that makes use of the newly learned technique. Then he/she will read the story to you. When an entire level (ten lessons) is completed, the child is rewarded with a chapter book (Strange Museum hardcover) to read.

    If your child has mastered beginning phonics and wants to tackle larger words, this program will supply the word attack skills he needs.

  • Item #: 068582
    ISBN: 9780938558682
    Retail: $29.97
    Rainbow Price: $26.95